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Helvetia Holding AG / Key word(s): Miscellaneous

29-Apr-2022 / 07:00 CET/CEST
Release of an ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR
St.Gallen, 29 April 2022

Helvetia is reporting an excellent SST ratio of 260% for the 2021 financial year. The Group's solvency is still very strong and resilient. This is also borne out by the solid net economic dividend capacity of CHF 0.8 billion.

Helvetia is publishing its Financial Condition Report (FCR) for the 2021 financial year today. As at 1 January 2022, the Group has a strong SST ratio of 260% (1 January 2021: 193%) and therefore clearly exceeds the regulatory requirements. The increase compared with the previous year is due to a number of positive factors. For instance, the good performance in 2021 had a positive impact on the Group's capitalization. Positive capital market developments such as the rising risk-free interest rates and strong performance of equities and investment properties were also reflected in higher solvency. Moreover, the SST ratio benefited from the introduction of a new standard model for credit risks, resulting in a rise of 8 percentage points. Despite the extraordinarily high claims burden due to natural events in the past business year, Helvetia's solvency remains extremely strong and robust.

Sustainable payout thanks to strong dividend capacity
The sustained balance sheet strength of Helvetia is also reflected in the Group's robust net economic dividend capacity of CHF 0.8 billion as at 31 December 2021 (31 December 2020: CHF 0.8 billion). With its solid dividend capacity, Helvetia is well placed to ensure a sustainable payout to shareholders in line with the helvetia 20.25 strategy. Based on the proposal by the Board of Directors at today's Shareholders' Meeting, shareholders should benefit from an increase in the dividend of 10% to CHF 5.50 per share.

Analysts

Philipp Schüpbach
Head of Investor Relations

Phone: +41 58 280 59 23
investor.relations@helvetia.ch

Media

Jonas Grossniklaus
Head of Media Relations

Phone: +41 58 280 50 33
media.relations@helvetia.ch

About the Helvetia Group
Helvetia Group, with its headquarters in St. Gallen, has grown since 1858 to become a successful insurance group with over 12,000 employees and more than 7 million customers. It has been enabling its customers to seize opportunities and minimise risks for all that time - Helvetia is there for them when it matters. Helvetia is the best partner and is present everywhere that protection needs arise, with insurance, pension and investment solutions from a single source as well as simple products and processes. The insurance group knows the business, from mobile phone insurance and insurance cover for the Gotthard Base Tunnel to the long-term investment of customer assets. Helvetia develops and opens up new business models with enthusiasm and drives forward its own business in a powerful and future-oriented manner. It acts with foresight and responsibility in everything it does: for the benefit of its shareholders, customers and employees as well as its partners, society and the environment.
Helvetia is the leading all-lines insurer in Switzerland. In the Europe segment comprising Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain, the company has firmly rooted market positions for generating above-average growth. In the Specialty Markets segment, Helvetia offers tailored special insurance and reinsurance cover worldwide. With a business volume of CHF 11.22 billion, Helvetia generated IFRS net income after tax of CHF 519.8 million in the 2021 financial year. The shares of Helvetia Holding AG are traded on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Cautionary note
This document was prepared by Helvetia Group and may not be copied, altered, offered, sold or otherwise distributed to any other person by any recipient without the consent of Helvetia Group. The German version of this document is decisive and binding. Versions of the document in other languages are made available purely for information purposes. Although all reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the facts stated herein are correct and the opinions contained herein are fair and reasonable, where any information and statistics are quoted from any external source such information or statistics should not be interpreted as having been adopted or endorsed as accurate by Helvetia Group. Neither Helvetia Group nor any of its directors, officers, employees and advisors nor any other person shall have any liability whatsoever for loss howsoever arising, directly or indirectly, from any use of this information. The facts and information contained in this document are as up to date as is reasonably possible but may be subject to revision in the future. Neither Helvetia Group nor any of its directors, officers, employees or advisors nor any other person makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this document.
This document may contain projections or other forward-looking statements related to Helvetia Group which by their very nature involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and there is a risk that predictions, forecasts, projections and other outcomes described or implied in forward-looking statements will not be achieved. We caution you that a number of important factors could cause results to differ materially from the plans, objectives, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in particular in the markets in which we operate; (2) the performance of financial markets; (3) changes in interest rates; (4) changes in currency exchange rates; (5) changes in laws and regulations, including accounting policies or practices; (6) risks associated with implementing our business strategies; (7) the frequency, magnitude and general development of insured events; (8) mortality and morbidity rates; (9) policy renewal and lapse rates as well as (10), the realisation of economies of scale as well as synergies. We caution you that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive; when evaluating forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Helvetia Group on the date of its publication and Helvetia Group assumes no obligation to update such statements unless otherwise required by applicable law.


End of ad hoc announcement

Language:

English

Company:

Helvetia Holding AG

Dufourstrasse 40

9001 St.Gallen

Switzerland

E-mail:

media.relations@helvetia.ch

Internet:

www.helvetia.com

ISIN:

CH0466642201

Valor:

46664220

Listed:

SIX Swiss Exchange

EQS News ID:

1339147


 

End of Announcement

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